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Sell or Trade an Unwanted Gift Card

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How to Get Cash For Your Unwanted Gift Card

Like many people, I often receive gift cards for Christmas, my birthday or some other occasion. Although I appreciate the kindness and generosity of the person who gave it to me, sometimes a gift card I've received is from a company or shop that is not convenient to visit or really doesn't have anything I'm interested in purchasing. Other times there is something I want or need that is available at a different store or I really would rather just have the cash.

Unused gift cards may sit in my sock drawer or stuffed in my wallet for months before I finally visit the store and find something I want to purchase. Or worse yet, I may forget or lose the card or it may expire before I use it. Meanwhile there may be something I really want or need that I've found somewhere else. Apparently, I'm not alone. It is estimated that 6%-10% of gift cards are never used.

If you've had a similar situation, you will probably be as delighted as I was to learn that there are several companies with websites where you can get cash for your gift card, exchange it or donate it to charity. You can sometimes even sell or exchange gift cards that have been partially used, but have a remaining balance.

So, if you have received a gift card that you don't think you will use, on this page I'm sharing the research I did about the companies where you can sell or exchange an unwanted gift card and use the proceeds to buy something you really want or need.

All Photos by Vicki Green - PNW Travels - unless otherwise credited

Have you ever received an unwanted gift card? - What do you think?

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Giving Gift Cards

People give gift cards to try to strike a balance between letting someone pick out their own gift, but without just giving cash. Somehow it seems just a little less cold and commercial to give a gift card. Unfortunately, sometimes the store or company just isn't really where the recipient wants to shop.

Do You Have an Unwanted Gift Card?

Where to Sell or Trade a Gift Card

Companies that Buy Gift Cards

I discovered that there are quite a number of companies that buy gift cards. I learned that not all companies will pay the same amount for the same card and there are several different payment methods to choose from. It is a good idea to check several to see which one will give you the best deal and a payment method you prefer. Below you will find information about several companies.


Cardpool

Selling your unwanted Gift Card at Cardpool

Cardpool pays up to 90% of the value of gift cards that have no fees or expiration date. Cards are accepted that have a balance between $25 and $100. There is always the option for mailing in your card with free shipping or there is the option for an electronic transfer for some cards that does not require mailing in the physical card. You can choose to be paid either by check or exchange for an Amazon.com gift card. Cardpool also sells gift cards at up to 35% below their value and authenticates the validity and remaining balance of every one they sell. For more information visit Cardpool's website.

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Gift Card Rescue

Gift Card Rescue will buy only actual plastic gift cards (no eCards) with balances between $20 and $5000. They will also accept gift cards with an expiration date as long as the card is valid for at least 6 more months. Like most of the other companies, you enter the merchant and balance and you will be given an offer. If you accept the offer you enter your mailing address and contact information and mail the card in to Gift Card Rescue. Payment options include payment by check or Amazon Gift Card. If you select cash, you will be mailed a check within 2 days of receiving the card. For more information, visit the Gift Card Rescue website or watch the video below.

How to Sell Your Card to Gift Card Rescue - A Video Explaining How It's Done

Gift Card Monkey

Gift Card Monkey will purchase gift cards with a value of at least $20 and will pay up to 95% of the balance. You can check the balance on their website first and then after entering the merchant name and balance, Gift Card Monkey will display how much they will pay for your card. If you accept the offer, you enter your name, mailing address and contact information and mail in the card. You have a choice to be paid by check or via PayPal. Gift Card Monkey also has a network of retailers that buy gift cards. You can search the Gift Card Monkey website to see if there is one in your neighborhood.

Gift Card Zen

Gift Card Zen buys gift cards with a balance of at least $75. Gift Card Zen has put some extra safeguards in place to prevent fraud. In order to sell gift cards, you need to create a verified account by providing a current photo ID, a cellphone that can receive text messages and a valid credit card in your name.

After entering the merchant and card value, Gift Card Zen will let you know how much they will pay for your card. If you accept the offer, you mail your gift card in and Gift Card Zen will mail you a check as soon as they receive the card and verify it.

For more information visit the Gift Card Zen website

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Gift Card Granny

Compare How Much Several Companies Will Pay You

Gift Card Granny doesn't actually buy gift cards but I found it to be a handy website nonetheless. At Gift Card Granny you can check the balance on most gift cards and easily compare how much several companies will pay you for a card from a specific company at a glance, making it easy to see where you can probably get the most for your gift card. For more information go to Gift Card Granny's website.

GiftCards.com

Another company that buys gift cards is GiftCards.com

Gift Cards.com will buys cards with a balance between $25.00 and $200.00 as long as they do not have a pending expiration date. They pay up to 95% of the card balance for those on their Preferred Merchants List. There is a limit of $300.00 per household. They do not accept paper certificates or e-mail codes.

After accepting an offer for your gift card, you mail your gift card to Gift Cards.com. Since they can't be held responsible for gift cards lost in the mail it is recommended to send them via First Class Mail Insured or with tracking and delivery confirmation. They will verify the balance on the gift card, and send you a check for the appropriate amount within 48 hours. Gift Cards.com also sells Gift Cards at discounted prices and you can also make your own personalized gift cards.

Raise.com

Use Raise.com to Sell Your Gift Card

Raise.com. is another place to sell your gift card. Instead of buying gift cards directly from consumers, they employ a different business model by facilitating the sale of cards between buyers and sellers through their website. Sellers list their gift cards on the site and set their own price. Raise.com has a tool to help set the price and recommends discounting the card 5% below the remaining balance. Sellers can list physical cards with a minimum balance of at least $20 or eCards with a minimum balance of $10. If your card sells, you pay Raise.com a 15% commission. Sellers are responsible for mailing a physical card to the buyer. Sellers are paid either by check or via PayPal.

Visit the Raise.com website for more details.

Go Shopping at Amazon! - Buy what you really want or need

Most of the companies featured on this page will exchange your unwanted gift card for an Amazon Gift Card where you can find just about anything you want. Here is an idea!

Selling or Buying a Gift Card on eBay - Listing Gift Cards or Buying One You Want

Some people suggest selling or buying gift cards on eBay. I would caution that I have heard of several instances of gift cards purchased on eBay being expired or counterfeit . It can sometimes be difficult or impossible to get your money back if you purchase one on eBay that is not usable. To avoid getting scammed, I would recommend buying and selling gift cards from one of the reputable companies on this page instead of selling on eBay. The companies listed above all verify the authenticity of the card and balance available before selling it.

Please sign my guestbook! - Feel free to leave your comments.

Gimmeucard on June 17, 2016:

Perfect for the scammers too

Samuel orris from Texas on March 09, 2016:

Obviously, this is a good idea for them who have unused gift cards. Both of them will be benefited.

mark on August 26, 2015:

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VJG from Texas on January 02, 2015:

Wow I didn't know that there were so many options. Thanks. I love receiving gift cards, but only to those businesses from which I usually buy. Now that I see that I can trade in my Barnes and Noble gift card for an Amazon gift card, I'm heading there now!

Fay Favored from USA on February 20, 2014:

I've never had an unwanted gift card, but if I did you gave loads of suggestions on how to redeem it.

wiseriverman on January 06, 2014:

This is great information. It's really another good way to save. I think before I make another big purchase I'll try finding a gift card first, just for the discount. I'm bookmarking this page. Thanks!

anonymous on August 18, 2013:

I have several AT&T prepaid phone cards that have hundreds of minutes still available, where can I sell these?

MissRubyStars on August 17, 2013:

Bookmarking for future reference just in case I ever receive an unwanted gift card.

anonymous on July 29, 2013:

Unfortunately, none of those sites will buy an iTunes card.

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

@Cynthia Haltom: do you like $100Restaurant.com giftcodes ? ? ? ? give me a price ill sell ..

anonymous on June 26, 2013:

Great info! Good to know. Will be sharing with others.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on June 07, 2013:

Great idea to be able to trade unwanted gift cards.

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on June 05, 2013:

I love gift cards for restaurants and love to spend them as soon as I get them,

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on March 11, 2013:

I have had a few gift cards that I have found it hard to use, and some have expiration dates too. It's sad when a card sits in a drawer, and you find it only to realize that it's expired and that money has been lost. Useful to sell it and at least get some money back.

anonymous on March 08, 2013:

Good share !

Dusty2 LM on February 18, 2013:

Oh, I almost forgot; Congratulations for this Gift Card lens getting a Purple Star as it is well deserving. (^_-)

Dusty2 LM on February 18, 2013:

Thank You VickiSims for writing this lens as the info was most useful. I never knew these services were available. Also, Thanks for stopping by my The Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado lens and giving it both a "thumbs up" and a "blessing". I really appreciate it. (^_-)

Pip Gerard on February 14, 2013:

I never knew these existed... good to know

uneasywriter lm on February 11, 2013:

Good post holiday information thank you!

TopReviews2u on February 09, 2013:

Gift cards are a great idea. I gave my niece an ITunes one for xmas and she couldn't wait to choose her songs to download! A very happy niece.

TopChristmasToysGifts on February 06, 2013:

I often buy a gift card for my brother in law. I always buy one that can be used in multiple shops rather than one particular shop which gives him more options.

kerilovesadeal on February 04, 2013:

I tend to give unwanted gift cards to my nieces. I'm like "Hey. Do you shop/eat at so-and-so? Got a gift card for ya!" :D I'll probably still give most of them away, but I will seriously consider selling some for cash. Thanks for the great lens! :)

mrknowitall54321 on January 04, 2013:

Great info, I never knew it was possible to sell gift cards! Great lens

mrdata on January 04, 2013:

thanks for sharing great info!

kare2share on December 29, 2012:

Very helpful advice! I'll definitely look into the sites that you've recommended since I have more than my share of those 6-10% of gift cards that are never used. My only concern is how to react when the giver asks what I bought with the gift card! Anyway, thank you very much for sharing these resources, and happy holidays to you!

AllThingsPotter on December 28, 2012:

Thanks for this info - I'd never have thought of it.

VspaBotanicals on December 28, 2012:

Excellent lens.

Vicki Green (author) from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on December 13, 2012:

@higginsemilie: Check out one of the companies listed above. There is information and links to both Plastic Jungle and Gift Cards.com.

higginsemilie on December 11, 2012:

How do i sell my gift card that i don't want?

webhostingrevie on December 03, 2012:

Cool advice

Ibexing on November 24, 2012:

Good advice I wouldn't have thought of selling a gift card.

myspace9 on November 21, 2012:

Great advice. Nice lens.

Perrin from South Carolina on October 31, 2012:

So glad to know what to do with my "dud" gift cards!! Thanks!

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

IT REALLY WORKS!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS AWESOME INFO!!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 04, 2012:

A great idea. Many of those often are just thrown out.

xriotdotbiz lm on August 29, 2012:

I am going to have to keep this lens bookmarked, Christmas is coming and I might get gift cards that I would like to cash-in.

Camden1 on July 21, 2012:

I know the kids have gotten quite a few gift cards that they've never used - now I know what to do with them (the gift cards, that is - I'll keep the kids!)

MarcStorm LM on July 12, 2012:

Great job showcasing this not widely known idea. I remember when i came a cross a website that buys them and was like nice! But alas, I only get gift cards to places I actually use so i have none to sell or convert to cash. Nice article!

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on July 08, 2012:

Since I don't have a credit card, I came looking for where to buy Amazon cards using Paypal. Off to check these sites out. Thanks!

BabyGirl1940 on June 26, 2012:

This is a great service. Thanks for the information.

sandi_x on June 23, 2012:

Great idea

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on May 21, 2012:

I just used your advice here. It was really bothering me that I had not used a gift card a friend had given me. I traded it and now .. am able to let my friend know that it was useful. Thanks Vicki for this useful information. I am blessing this lens. I thought I had before but ... there must have been a glitch.

Spiderlily321 on May 16, 2012:

This is a great lens. I have a few gift cards that I may just trade in. Thank you for sharing this!

kmyangel on May 15, 2012:

good information :)

trendydad on May 14, 2012:

this has been a great idea...s few more years it will make it big

hooshmand on April 29, 2012:

What an amazing lens about trading gift cards! Thumbs Up!

sousababy on April 10, 2012:

I never even considered selling or trading a gift card. Thank you for such useful information.

BestRatedStuff on April 09, 2012:

Great idea, useful info.

RCGraphicsDesign on March 15, 2012:

What a great idea. Thank you so much.

TTMall on February 27, 2012:

Very informative lens. Well done!

SayGuddaycom on February 26, 2012:

I had no idea! My wife is going to love this because she is constantly getting gift cards from work for stores/places we never go to.

SayGuddaycom on February 26, 2012:

I had no idea! My wife is going to love this because she is constantly getting gift cards from work for stores/places we never go to.

norma-holt on February 18, 2012:

Another lovely lens with some great ideas. Blessed and featured om Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs.

leeleon on February 17, 2012:

Great.

leeleon on February 17, 2012:

Great.

ElizabethJeanAl on February 15, 2012:

I've never tried selling a gift card. It's something to think about it.

goo2eyes lm on February 15, 2012:

i threw some away. should have given to someone else. blessings for your kind advices.

anonymous on February 11, 2012:

Well done on your article.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on February 10, 2012:

This is good info to know. I don't need it right this moment, but might some day.

poutine on February 10, 2012:

Very helpful lens.

poutine on February 10, 2012:

Very helpful lens.

anonymous on February 08, 2012:

Thanks for the lens.

kathysart on January 31, 2012:

Very helpful lens with great advice! Thanks!! Angel blessed.

GoAceNate LM on January 30, 2012:

I have a ton of gift certificates that never end up getting used. I'm totally going to do this. I probably have a couple hundred dollars worth of gift certs to sell. Thanks for the lens. What a great idea.

Heidi from Benson, IL on January 29, 2012:

Good to know that there are places to cash in your unwanted gift cards. I forget the exact numbers but there are a lot of gift cards that don't get used every year, which basically means free money for retailers.

Edutopia on January 15, 2012:

Great lens! My family has pretty much adopted the gift cards for Christmas buying strategy and not everyone ends up with cards at stores that they'd shop at. We've just done some in-house trading but its good to know there is a way to cash in anywhere.

gottaloveit2 on December 27, 2011:

This is a timely find on my part - I receive 2 gift cards for Xmas that I don't really need. Will head over to one of the sites you've mentioned. Thanks.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on December 13, 2011:

I did not know about these gift card exchange services. Great information. Thanks!

catwell2 on November 22, 2011:

I've received gift cards I wasn't exactly fond of, but never thought I could sell or trade them. Really cool lens with a lot of options!

C A Chancellor from US/TN on November 17, 2011:

I used one of these sites a few years ago (although I can't remember which one). It's a great alternative to "regifting" a card.

Rose Jones on November 10, 2011:

Thanks to you for this great lens.Just in time for the holidays.

desa999 lm on November 03, 2011:

Thanks for making me aware of this I didn't realise the significance of gift cards the way you have explained it.

ErHawkns7100 on November 02, 2011:

Great resource! I had only heard of people selling cards on Ebay.

Quennie from London on October 22, 2011:

nicely wrapped lens! plastic jungle for me is by far the best place to sell gift cards!

anonymous on October 06, 2011:

With the holiday season coming up, I'm thinking that you will be helping many happy people to convert unwanted gift cards, a great idea for a lens!

jessicahoward on August 24, 2011:

Very interesting lens...What a nice idea!... This year I only got cards I wanted, but I've had cards from places I couldn't use them before.... You know what I never every would have thought of selling a gift card. I usually just turn around and give it to someone else who probably gives it to someone else, etc.......it is really very fantastic idea..i m going to use this...:)...Thank you for compiling such a wonderful idea..:)

tandemonimom lm on August 13, 2011:

I had no idea you could sell or trade these cards! Thanks for the heads up!

Rankography on August 10, 2011:

great info and nice lens. We all have a few of these lying around the house

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on July 27, 2011:

Nice list of tips and tricks. I hope I will never need to use it, but just in case it goes into my bookmark. Thanks:)

Srena44 on July 21, 2011:

great idea

gottaloveit2 on July 09, 2011:

What a GREAT idea. I never would have thought of selling a gift card. I usually just turn around and give it to someone else who probably gives it to someone else, etc.

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on June 30, 2011:

Useful information.You are on my Favourite Squidoo People lens.

myshelle01 on June 16, 2011:

Great lens,fantastic idea

ForestBear LM on May 16, 2011:

Great information, thank you for sharing. Just joined your fan club!

elyria on May 06, 2011:

Great info, very helpful!

JanezKranjski on April 23, 2011:

Congrats on well done lens. I never realized that they are sites where you can exchange unwanted gift cards.

jvsper63 on March 27, 2011:

What a terrific idea. Sometimes the cards just sit in a wallet or it gets used on something you really don't want!! just so it don't go to waste. Thank you for this valuable info!!!! Great lens

UKGhostwriter on March 26, 2011:

What a brilliant idea!! fabtastic lens Vicki - well done!

mahimattphoto on March 25, 2011:

I have always consided using one of these sites but just never tried it out. Maybe I should. thanks for sharing.

Garadjo12 on March 10, 2011:

Just a great information! Very informative.

JoshK47 on March 05, 2011:

Awesome lens with a fantastic resource - thank you!

Davidfstillwagon on March 01, 2011:

good answer to the problem of unwanted gift cards

good lens

Joan4 on February 26, 2011:

This is a great idea! Gift cards are more and more popular and so very convenient!

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on February 07, 2011:

thanks for the detailed useful info.

hershel01 on February 07, 2011:

My daughter has bought gc from the net before making them a good buy,anytime you can save today that is a good thing. Thanks for sharing this lens.

natashaely on January 25, 2011:

Some great tips on here! I love getting book tokens, can not get enough but not so sure about other vouchers! It's a great lens! :)

WebIsFun on January 20, 2011:

Thanks for the great tips!

KDimmick on January 19, 2011:

What a great idea! This year I only got cards I wanted, but I've had cards from places I couldn't use them before.

LouisaDembul on January 13, 2011:

I didn't know you could do this, great idea!

happynutritionist on January 07, 2011:

Smart idea, I didn't know you could trade in your unwanted gift cards for $$, great information!! (Gift cards are a "pet peeve" of my husband's, I don't mind them so much.)